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Medical Coding Specialist Course Description

 

36 Weeks / 765 Clock Hours which includes 225 Clock Hours-Externship / 135 Additional Outside Clock Hours

900 Total Hours / 26.5 Semester Credits

The Medical Coding Specialist student will be trained to perform at a minimum entry level in positions normally available in medical offices, clinics, hospitals and insurance companies as a part of the health care team. Medical Coding Specialist, Insurance Coder, Claims Specialist, and ICD9/CPT Coder, are typical job titles. 

 

Students will be instructed in the analysis of medical records (charts) and the assignment of codes for indexing diagnoses and procedures to provide information for reimbursement purposes. “Coding” means transforming the written or verbal description of diseases, injuries, and procedures into numerical designations.

 

Students will learn anatomy and medical terminology. Students will also learn about diseases that affect the human body. They will learn etiology, pathology, symptoms, signs, diagnostics and treatment to properly code medical records. Students will become familiar with the content of the medical record in order to locate information to support or provide specificity for accurate coding.

 

Students will experience a variety of grading methods to ensure and assess proper learning skills and performance. Projects, quizzes, tests, case studies, daily exercises, role-play, workbook pages, and class participation are ways that will be utilized to assess student learning.

 

Course Subject Descriptions Are As Follows:

(click on course title for full catalog listing)

 


Modules can be taken in any order; however the externship module will always be taken last by the student.

 

 Module: Coding

MCS 101 Coding I

60 Clock Hours-Lecture / 15 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2.5 Credits

This subject introduces the student to Volumes I and II of the ICD-9 manual for diagnostic coding.  The student will learn the proper procedures for coding diagnoses, signs and symptoms, drugs, hypertension, and neoplasm tables.  An introduction to CPT and HCPCS will also be covered.

 

MCS 110 ICD-9 Coding and Modifiers 

30 Clock Hours-Lecture / 7.5 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 1 Credit

This subject familiarizes the student with human anatomy and medical terminology.  Focus for medical coders will be on body systems.  Functions of the systems, diseases, diagnostic tests, treatments and medications are covered.  Common medical abbreviations will be introduced.

 

MCS 120 Healthcare Administration and Professional Management

30 Clock Hours-Lecture / 7.5 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 1 Credit

This course is designed to help the student recognize the important role personal qualities play in the workplace.  This course is designed to also help the development of preparing the student for successful employment and promoting personal growth.

 

MED 121 Anatomy and Medical Terminology by Systems I 

60 Clock Hours-Lecture / 15 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2.5 Credits

This subject familiarizes the student with human anatomy and medical terminology.  Focus for medical coders will be on body systems.  Functions of the systems, diseases, diagnostic tests, treatments and medications are covered.  Common medical abbreviations will be introduced.

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 Module: Coding and Office Management

MCS 102 Coding II 

60 Clock Hours-Lecture / 15 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2.5 Credits

This course introduces the student to the next level of procedural coding which involves the CPT manual and its uses and contents, including Levels I, II & III coding modifiers.  This subject introduces students to DRGs and HCPCS billing procedures.

 

MCS 104 Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) and Medicine Coding

30 Clock Hours-Lecture / 7.5 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 1 Credit

This course introduces the student to rules and regulations of billing in the HCPCS manual.  Students will also gain knowledge into basic pharmacology used in the medical coding field.  Students will also learn the proper billing techniques for the Medicine section in the Current Procedural Terminology manual.

 

COA 102 Computer Applications

30 Clock Hours-Lab / 7.5 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 1 Credit

Students will learn to use a computerized medical office software program. Included will be how to enter patient demographics, scheduling, posting accounts, printing reports, and working with claims.  Keyboarding theory and keyboarding skills necessary for the operation of computers and word processors are covered.

 

MED 122 Anatomy and Medical Terminology by Systems II 

60 Clock Hours-Lecture / 15 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2.5 Credits

The more complicated systems of the body and additional terminology are covered.  Functions of the systems as well as diseases, diagnostic tests, treatments, and medications are covered.

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 Module: Coding and Insurance

MCS 103 Coding III

60 Clock Hours-Lecture / 15 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2.5 Credits

This subject is a continuation of Medical Coding II covering CPT, HCPCs codes, DRGs, laboratory, pathology, and radiology codes.

 

MCS 210 Evaluation and Management-Principles and Applications 

15 Clock Hours-Lab / 3.75 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 0.5 Credit

Students will learn the key factors of evaluation and management code assignment and levels of evaluation and management service.  Students will learn to assign evaluation and management codes in this course and identify documentation guidelines.

 

MCS 240 Health Insurance/Billing and Office Procedures/Management of Health Records

30 Clock Hours-Lecture & 30 Clock Hours-Lab / 15 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2.5 Credits

The student will learn the billing practices of all major insurance companies, as well as commercial insurance.  Students will also understand the proper filing of HCFA and UB92 forms.  Emphasis is placed on the administrative skills necessary for the effective management of a medical business office.  Students will gain hands-on experience with patient records, management, insurance billing, computerized scheduling, transcription, and employee payroll.

This subject provides a variety of skills related to the management of health records, such as basic knowledge of medical abbreviations, and the law and ethics that surround the management and control of health records.

 

 MED 123 Anatomy and Medical Terminology by Systems III

45 Clock Hours-Lecture / 11.25 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2 Credits

The more complicated systems of the body and additional terminology are covered.  Functions of the systems as well as diseases, diagnostic tests, treatments, and medications are covered.

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 Module: Medical Coding Externship

MED 270 Externship

225 Clock Hours-Externship / 5 Credits

In the third module, students will meet with their respective externship coordinator to begin planning their externships. The externship is required for all students and must be completed to be eligible for graduation and to receive their diploma. To qualify for the externship phase of the program, a student must first have met the 2.0 G.P.A. or re-taking a subject, a score of 70% or above on the Comprehensive Class Room Final Exam, and have an over-all attendance of 90% in his or her medical courses.  All work is performed under the direct supervision of licensed medical personnel at the site in cooperation with DTC’s respective externship coordinator. 

Student will be scheduled for 225 hours at an extern site that has an externship agreement with DTC.  DTC currently has externship site agreements in place, and those sites have agreed to host medical coding students.  Externs are not entitled to compensation.

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Additional Requirements:

Upon successful completion of all coursework through the 30th week of classes, DTC will provide uniforms, which will be 3 polo shirts. Students will be able to purchase additional shirts as desired. Students will be asked to provide their own khaki pants (no capris or crop pants).  DTC will all pay dues for student membership in the AAPC upon successful completion of the first 30 weeks of class.

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Current sites with agreements at the Horn Lake, MS Campus are:

 

A Bridge To Recovery Affordable Urgent Medical Care

 

Alliance Health Partner

Arkansas   Kidney Consultants

 

Adult Neurology Clinic

Aaron E. Henry Community Health Center (Clarksdale)

 

Aaron E. Henry Community Health Center (Tunica)

Aaron E. Henry Community Health Center (Batesville)

 

Asercare Hospice of Senatobia

Blue Mountain Family Medicine Clinic

 

Caring For You Staffing

Cockrell Family Medical Center

 

Comprehensive Family Medical Center

Creekmore Clinic

 

Crescent Medical Inc

Dermatology Clinic of North Mississippi

 

Desoto Childrens Clinic

Desoto Foot Care

 

Desoto Ear Nose Throat

Desoto Diagnostic Imaging

 

Desoto Psychological Associates

Desoto Osteopathic

 

Direct Medical Supplies

Dr. Mary Anne Frank-Tarsi

  

GI   Pathology

Goodlife Medical Center

 

Health First Family Medical

Hernando Family Medical Clinic

 

Hickory Flat Family Clinic

Homechoice Health Sevices(Hernando)

 

Homechoice Health Services(Holly Springs)

Homechoice HealthServices(Memphis)

 

Journey To New Beginnings

Kids Care Medical Center

 

Ki M Chang Internal Medicine

Landmark Internal Medicine

 

Lebonheur Urgent Care

Medical Group Management Associations

 

Memphis Childrens Clinic

Memphis and Shelby County Pediatric (2 locations)

 

Methodist Healthcare Group

Metropolitan Anesthesia Alliance

 

Mid-South Chiropractor

Mid-South Internal Medicine

 

Mid-South Medicine

North Benton County Healthcare

 

Northeast Mississippi Health Care

NurseMed

 

OB/GYN Associates

Odum Rural Healthcare

 

Olive Branch Family Medical

Oxford Surgery Center

 

Peabody Family Care

Physicians Financial Resources

 

Premier Gastroenterology

Preventive Care

 

Professional Accounts Management

Progressive Physicians Practice

 

Dr. R.C. and P.R. Purohitis

Senatobia Children's Clinic

 

Shackelford Family Eye Care(Hernando)

Shackelford Family Eye Care(Tunica)

 

Southwind Medical Specialists

The Neurology Clinic

 

Tippah County Health Services

Total Healthcare Association

 

Trinity Medical Solutions

Tri-State   Healthcare for Women

 

UT Cancer Institute

UTMG

 

Vision Behavioral Health Management

Ageless Men Health

 

First Counseling Services

Dr. Kim Chang, M.D.

 

Lakeside Behavioral Health Systems

Mid-South Healthcare Management

 

Mid-South Pain Treatment Center

Reggie White Sleep Disorder Clinic (4 locations)

 

Region IV

UTMG/Hamilton Eye Institute

 

Visiting Angels

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Current sites with agreements at the Ridgeland, MS Campus are:

  

CarePlus Family Medicine

Medical and Disability Claims Services Inc. 

 

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